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Protesting bigots

May 10, 2012

Once again a performance by the Jerusalem Quartet has been disrupted by bigots. Things hardly started well when the director of the Brighton Festival, Andrew Comben, in an astonishingly crass misjudgment, prefaced the concert with a warning that there was likely to be disruption.

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Shock art nonsense

May 3, 2012

The principle that one should never seek to profit from the Holocaust seems to have passed by the Chilean shock artist Marco Evaristti. This week he went on to the Channel 4 programme, Four Rooms, and attempted to sell a gold and diamond sculpture of the gates of Auschwitz. Vulgar enough, you might think.

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Lansley's silence

May 3, 2012

In a normal world, the notion that a trade union would bar someone from taking part in a seminar because of his ethnic identity would be utterly implausible. Trades unions exist to promote solidarity, not to foster hatred and exclusion. But when Israelis are involved we no longer live in a normal world. Trades unions now behave with bigotry towards Israelis as a matter of deliberate policy.

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Shameless Corbyn

April 27, 2012

Last week we pointed out that the Labour Party, having quite rightly called in February for Nick Clegg to remove the LibDem whip from Baroness Tonge, had signally failed to take any action against its own MP, Jeremy Corbyn, after he backed a demand for an inquiry into "pro-Israel lobbying groups". A week on and the party's inaction is just as pronounced.

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Leadership needed

April 27, 2012

One might have thought that Sunday's record showing by the French National Front would be a matter of grave concern to the French Jewish community. Just as the BNP here has tried to repackage itself as a mainstream vehicle for protest against the status quo, so its sister party under Marine Le Pen has tried the same trick.

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Proper behaviour

April 19, 2012

Nowadays, a story often becomes news when it is caught on video - especially if that video tells a simple, shocking narrative. Add to that "when it happens in Israel", and it is easy to understand how a film of IDF colonel Shalom Eisner, swinging his M16 against the head of a pro-Palestinian Danish activist, went viral this week. It graphically retold the myth that the IDF is a brutal oppressor.

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Reacting to words

April 19, 2012

A curious phenomenon of politics is how words from some politicians that create a storm are virtually ignored when they come from others. So while - quite rightly - Baroness Tonge's various idiocies led to her having the LibDem whip removed, Jeremy Corbyn regularly comes out with equally vile comments and gets away scot free.

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Freedom’s varieties

April 5, 2012

Over the next eight days, we celebrate freedom. For some, the invocation "next year in Jerusalem" has a very real meaning. This will, for example, be the first Seder in five years that Gilad Shalit has been free to celebrate in his homeland.

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The mask is now off

March 22, 2012

Throughout his career in public life, Ken Livingstone has had an obsession. He has been careful - extremely careful - only ever to refer to that obsession as "Israel". The mask has now slipped and Mr Livingstone's attitude not to Israel but, rather, to Jews has been made plain.

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Leeds JSoc's shame

March 15, 2012

This newspaper is the first to speak up for Jewish students on campus, who can face vile prejudice and attacks. But one has to wonder what is going on in Leeds. The behaviour of Leeds University JSoc in withdrawing its invitation to the eminent 'lawfare' advocate Brooke Goldstein is not merely spineless.

It is reprehensible.

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